7500 [2020] ★★½

Joseph Gordon-Levitt is on a plane. He plays a young American co-pilot who finds himself dealing with terrorists when his flight from Berlin to Paris is hijacked. Sounds familiar? That’s because you’ve seen movies like “7500” so many times before, from “Turbulence” and “Air Force One” in the 90’s, to “Red Eye” and “Non-Stop” in the 2000’s and 2010’s. The twist here is that all the action takes place in the cockpit, which means it can get claustrophobic at times. Director Patrick Vollrath keeps you on the edge of your seat, at least until the hour mark. There are no real twists and turns in the narrative here, and you can see the ending coming a mile away. Still, it’s Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s committed performance that elevates “7500” above the routine. I don’t think this film was meant to be experienced on the big screen, which is why it goes down much easier from the comfort of your own couch. Just know straight away that it doesn’t have anything new to offer.

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